We have come quite a distance from where we were in the 1800s as a society. The societal climate is quite distinct — specifically to the fact that girls run for the highest office in America and, like Secretary Clinton is showing as we talk, can vote. Girls have made incredible strides over time despite being met with challenges at every turn, while there is still a very long strategy to use.
To understand how much women have come in the face of difficulty, let us take a look at what’s happening in this absurd 19th century etiquette publication. A guide called Moral Encyclopaedia by Charles Varle, it hit the shelves in 1831. It details some misogynistic societal rules to which he believed all girls should stick.
1. “Strive to write and talk grammatically.”
2. “If you speak in society, talk just about those matters that you simply understand.”
3. “Let not adore start in your component.”
4. “Know a man of good sense will never wed but the pious, industrious, and frugal.”
5. “Give your hand, when required, modestly.”
6. “Make no great closeness with any body.”
7. “Form no camaraderie with guys.”
8. “Never be afraid of blushing.”
9. “Read no novels, but let your study be history, geography, biography, and other helpful publications.”
10. “Be not too frequently seen in people.”
11. “Pride yourself in modesty.”
12. “Consult just your own relationships.”
13. “Trust no female acquaintance.”
14. “Sympathize with the unlucky.”
15. “Prevent everything manly.”
16. “You cannot be overly circumspect in issues of love and union; and recall that whereas the character of a young lady is considered angelic, any blemish in it’d remove the esteem guys have for you.”
What’s most alarming is that a few of these thoughts still exist in the ethnic consciousness. Quit telling women what to do, folks! Let us not be this guy. He was definitely the worst.